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A Blizzard in Buffalo, New York? What a Surprise.

Updated on January 6, 2017

Same Issue, Different year.....

This is not a "light dusting" of snow!
This is not a "light dusting" of snow!

"Hello," from a Polar bear...

Thursday~January 5th, 2017~Here we are, stage side at the first but certainly not last major snow storm of this winter, in lovely small-village-western-New York, (aka Upstate NY) Considered the "south towns area," because we're south of the major City of Buffalo. Where ever you are, you've heard of "Buffalo Winters and their outrageous storms." I just know it. Our storms are nearly as famous as our Buffalo Chicken Wings.

So C'mon, cozy-on up next to me in front of the fireplace, have some hot chocolate and learn all about what goes on in this neck of the woods around this time of year, every year......without fail, never to be escaped. This, I can promise you.

Now don't go feeling sorry for us or telling me how you can't understand how we can possibly tolerate this horrible weather and these crippling snow storms. I mean, thanks for the sympathy and all that compassion but it's just not all that bad, really. After all, the reality is we do have the option to pack up, pick up and move south, now don't we? It's that some of us don't want to do that. Some of us wouldn't even consider it.

When I invite you to sit through this storm with me, I expect by the time it has calmed down somewhat, you'll at least have a little better idea how and why we die-hard western New Yorkers are loyal to our hometowns, yours truly high on that list. Brrrrrr! The snow is blinding, building now to four feet, winds a-blowin and it's 19 degrees. Does the weather change in a heart beat around here? Two days ago, it was 40 degrees and not a speck of snow. Swear.

First, the way I always see it, we need to approach all things in a common sense, rational manner. What's the boy scout motto? Isn't it "Always be prepared?" I think that's it but if not, I'm starting there anyway.

If we've lived in pretty much one basic location for all of our life, or even most of it, we should realistically be quite familiar with the changing seasons and all accompanying weather patterns thereof. In this particular part of the country, we know for certain, somewhere around mid to late November, no later than December, we should be well-prepared in advance for winter. Ready, not for just any winter but a western New York winter. I say this because my friend, ready or not, here she comes and woe to those, unprepared.



Yes, it's a pretty sight when the storm dies down

Lovely to see. Snow is pretty in pictures.
Lovely to see. Snow is pretty in pictures.

We see "Norman Rockwell"

You must admit, freshly fallen snow of the fluffy flakes kind, makes for a lovely scene. It's pretty to look at no doubt, just not so pretty once we step out into the 18 degree bitter cold. Brave as we are, we trudge through 4 feet of snow, brush off our buried vehicle and start it up. Plowing our way back to the warm house, I can explain that winter prep I mentioned.

Let's get serious. The 3 most important top-of-the-list preparations to focus on in late Autumn are your vehicle, your home and yourself. Do you prefer clear concise lists? Well, I do, so that's the way we'll go.

Regardless of what make, model or year your vehicle is, getting it ready for one of our WNY winters is rather simple. Good snow tires are a must, not an option. In your trunk, make sure to store a blanket or two, some bottled water, a bag of sand or kitty litter, bungee cords, some rope and of course, a shovel. Have your mechanic change your oil and check all fluids for "filled to capacity." He should make sure your heater and brakes are in perfect working condition. If you can spend the extra money, have it cleaned, washed and waxed to showroom condition. Then park it in your driveway or better yet, the garage and pray you don't need to drive at all on especially stormy or icy days. I do that last one in earnest!

If you've never lived anyplace where it snows, you might ask, "What must I do to prepare my home?" Since your home is your refuge from the storm, literally, not to mention the extra amount of hours you'll be snowed-in and stranded, there's plenty to do to get your bear cave ready.

Have your furnace or boiler checked over by a plumber or someone who knows what to do and how to do it. Make sure all windows and doors are in good shape to keep out the cold winds. Make arrangements to have your driveway and sidewalks, decks and stairways shoveled, blown or plowed. Have a bag of sand, kitty litter and "ice melt" salts at your back door. Stock up on non-perishable food items and bottled water (You never know when you can be snowed in due to unrelenting snow, ice and wind storms or travel-bans announced by law enforcement.) Have a supply of candles, batteries, flashlight and portable radio in case of power outages.

As for yourself (and other family members, especially "kids"). Warm clothing for head-to toe outfitting. Ready? Heavy socks, waterproofed shoes and boots, thermal underwear, wool or flannel outer wear, vests, jackets, hoodies, snow hats, scarves and several pair of gloves/mittens. An extra small electric heater to heat the bathroom to super warm for bath and shower time. Warm flannel jammies, slippers and robes, heating pad, hot water bottle & maybe an electric blanket or two.

Make sure you have a supply of good movies to watch (don't forget the popcorn & hot cocoa) a stack of great books, board games, and your favorite arts and crafts.
This is not overkill. These things will not only keep you busy and productive, passing the time but imagine your school-aged kids at home when schools are closed, all day and night, cooped up inside. Now add a power outage. Oh GAWD, what will the darlings do? What's the motto? Be Prepared! Remember the vitamin C, aspirin, cough syrup, Chloraseptic sore throat spray and good old Vicks Vapor Rub.

OK. You're all set. Let it snow! Actually, if you'll look out my window, it's still snowing. No problem, we're all set. Oh yeah, you can go out and shut the car off now. I'm sure it's toasty warm.




There's Winter FUN too! Honest

Hitting the slopes!!
Hitting the slopes!!

We have Fabulous Ski resorts!

Not everyone holds up in a winter fortress for the season. In WNY, we have some of the best ski resorts in the country by far. For these winter sports lovers, it can never snow enough. Those who love the snow even more than the skiiers are the resort owners. After all, of twelve months in the year, these proprietors have approximately three months to make their money. They want snow!

You'll find that every city, town and village has an ice rink, for the pleasure of the public. I remember fondly the ice rink just a street away from my childhood home. I was there every evening after dinner until my toes and fingers froze solid. Believe me sun-worshippers, a person can have fun in cold weather too. Let's not forget the major good time of building a snowman in the front yard, a family tradition.

"Ohhhh, the weather outside is frightful".....but not all the time nor everyday and only for about three and half months before Spring begins to poke through. So, that's not so bad now is it?

All I can tell you for certain is that when it's "home," even the most dreadful weather is tolerable. One can even grow to like it, maybe even love it sometimes and always prepared.

Thanks for stopping by and spending a stormy day with me. I hope you enjoyed yourself. You're a true friend! Drive safely and stay warm!

Music for Nostalgia....Relax & listen

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    Paula 6 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Catherine......Wow, thanks! What a Pal you are !! LOL

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    Catherine Giordano 6 weeks ago from Orlando Florida

    I moved to Florida from New York City 25 year ago. I don't miss snow. Yes, it is pretty, but I can admire the beauty of snow by looking at pictures like the ones you have included in this article. I'll send you some pictures of palm trees and beaches.

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    Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I know how much you love the cold NY weather, GF! NOT!....Today it's beautiful, suppose to get to 56 degrees...short sleeve weather for me! LOL and they say it will be "nice" all week. About one more month of "Ify" winter and we're into Spring! Thanks for stopping by. I've been thinking of sending you a GPS ankle device so I could keep up with you!! Love ya, Effer.

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    Linda Bilyeu 2 months ago from Orlando, FL

    I considered turning on the heat while reading this article, but the AC just kicked on and you know I much prefer the AC. Excellent advice and tips for the northerners, I do not miss the snow at all. Or the cold. Or NY. :)

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    Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    body....Yes, I'd say you're right. We all live where we do for our own reasons. I do understand why Southerners don't even like the thought of our weather. I don't actually know how high your temps get in Alabama, but if it's above 65.....I'd not be able to live there! LOL...Thanks for the visit, Paula

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    BODYLEVIVE 2 months ago from Alabama, USA

    I could never live there but I suppose those who do are well use to it.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hey GF Martie! So good to see you. Actually, after that first horrific blizzard, the weather has been decent....even "mild", which for us is 40 degrees & up. In my particular area every bit of the snow is gone. I have my office window open today for some fresh air.

    My car? Well, as I said, we have to be on our toes and proactive. I am religious about my vehicle care & maintenance. Always have my oil & fluids checked and changed, keep watch to have good tires and make sure the heater & electrical system is in tiptop shape. I have a 2008 Pontiac Vibe (which I just love) ans she starts up like a top even in sub-zero temps and drives great in the snow. My car is in much better shape than I am!! LOL.The truth is, I drive only when absolutely necessary if it is really storming!

    Thanks for your visit Martie.....My love & hugs to you! Paula

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    Martie Coetser 3 months ago from South Africa

    Sorry, fpherj48, I am so late, but I bet I am just in time for another storm.

    So true! - "... when it's "home," even the most dreadful weather is tolerable."

    But honestly, I will not survive one of those Buffalo New York winters. How do you get your car to start on such cold days?

    I bet, if I invite you to spend winters in SA, you may become quite depressed with longing for those storms at home.

    This was a very interesting hub, thank you, dear fpherj48.

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    Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

    I'm not complaining about winters here, for sure. I just meant it's supposed to be WINTER still and it feels more like spring. We just had a tornado warning! And the flooding around here. . .ugh! I wish we had a storm cellar. Definitely not a safe place to be here, but the roads are flooded. My yard is a lake! The storm are still coming and the wind was throwing things around. I grew up on the Midwest and green skies are NOT a good sign.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Shan, I have no idea how much more "winter" Texas has, since I don't think a few days of cold weather in an otherwise WARM State, constitutes a WINTER season. Certainly not the likes of what I have experienced in a lifetime.

    I have many friends (crybabies) from the Southern States who pull out their sweaters and flip the heaters on when it drops below 65!! To me, 65 is a heat wave. You stay in when it's not 80 degrees. I stay in when it IS 80 degrees!! Thank Heaven the whole country does not have the same weather everywhere! Different strokes for different folks~~and that goes for anything we can name in life throughout the world!!

    We'll go through the next 2 to 3 months having anything and everything from 45 & sunny to rainy & windy to freezing and snowing to downright arctic and back to mild and slushy. That's just the way it is.

    There are so many real issues that can annoy & disappoint us, I won't allow the weather to be one of them. Ain't a damned thing we can do to control anyway. As I've said, we just need to go with the reality and protect ourselves.

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    Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

    Might be ready for snow now. . .we've got crazy weather. From near freezing to spring-like thunderstorms overnight tonight. A tornado warning just south of here already. They say it's low risk, though, and we're still under a watch. We still have another couple months of WINTER, right?

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    Nell Rose 3 months ago from England

    LOL! love ya back Paula! and yes I have dated a few too!

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hey Nell...How typical we humans are. Of course we LOVE what we don't normally have. A little snow on a part-time basis would be acceptable~~even fun. When one must accept blizzards and frigid temps each yr, we can either gripe & groan, or be creative & always prepared.

    I can't stress this enough. I've become expert at getting through the winter months with little stress & few problems.

    Since you love it so much, I've decided to send you a ton or 2. Make a snowman Nell and send me a picture of him. Be very careful though, you've heard the Tale of "Frosty" I hope. Snowmen can come to life and we girls know what havoc all men can cause! Big Fat Frozen men with a carrot nose, stick-arms, puffing on a pipe aren't much for looks or romance......I've dated a few!!.........Love you, Paula/Effer

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    Nell Rose 3 months ago from England

    Oh how did I miss this? you have snow! I am so jealous! we did have snow, for about an hour, it lasted about five minutes on the ground and that was that! I understand its a pain, but we love it too, and we never ever get any! boo hoo! LOL! seriously we love it, we go nuts when we get a bit of snow. I suppose if it was every year and like yours we would be a bit well miffed, but still! Lovely photos and keep warm my friend!

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Randy....What a nice surprise to have you stop by. I guess we're right where we want to be and probably where we should be. If you hate cold, I can match you with my total dread of the oppressive heat & humidity. Twice now in recent years, I spent 6 weeks in Georgia. Once in Lawrenceville & more recently in Clarkesville....I'm sure I needn't tell a lifetime Georgian what parts of your state these cities are! In Lawrenceville late August, early Sept.....I bitched about the heat & humidity at least every other 5 minutes! I asked my daughter-in-law why the hell they even bother to use clothes dryers down there!! Just put your damned clothes on damp from the washer! Of course she & my son just laughed at me.

    They moved to Clarkesville in the past year (as they said, "up north near the mountains) and my son couldn't wait to send me pictures of his kids all bundled up, sliding down the hills of snow in their saucers! Those kids were smiling from ear to ear, having a ball! My son & DIL were pretty happy too because they both grew up here. Now I know what time of year to visit them next time. I was in Clarkesville right after they moved in, early Sept.....no where near as sweltering as lawrenceville in August!!

    I look forward to going back to Clarkseville....would like to spend some serious time in "Helen." What a fascinating little City!

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Every day around here, it's anyone's guess. Since writing this hub, the days have been all over the place, weather wise. After the first blinding blizzard that brought 4-5 foot of snow and frigid temps/high winds....we had a series of wintry, blustery days & nights. Then....POOF....we had 3 days in a row of temps in the high 40s with a slow melt. The ground became saturated & sure enough, back down to freezing just long enough to give us sheets of ice everywhere. Fun fun fun....it just goes on and on.

    This is precisely why I learned long ago to be tolerant and refuse to let the weather dictate my decisions and attitude. It is what it is and no matter where one lives, there's always something fairly unpleasant we must deal with. I don't fight it or complain...I live around it all. 3 months per season is easy to handle. Thanks for visiting. I am always happy to hear from you, sweet lady! :)

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    Randy Godwin 3 months ago from Southern Georgia

    Middle 70's here in the Deep South, people. I do not envy you guys living in--as a Great Georgian Lewis Grizzard termed it, "The Great Frozen North." :P

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    Shyron E Shenko 3 months ago from Texas

    Paula, I use to live in St. Charles, Illinois, and I hated to shovel my way out of the garage spend 2-3 hours sliding to work, leaving work and 2-4 sliding home only to spend hours shoveling our way back into the garage.

    Learn all about what goes on in this neck of the woods around this time of year, every year, you say. I was a September baby so I know what went on in the tiny town where I was born the February before.

    Here in Texas, is does not usually snow usually if it is cold enough to snow, it rains ice but not every year and will melt in a couple of days or less.

    I am so glad that you enjoy the snowed-in days and I can share them with you in your beautiful hub and the songs of Dean, and I will drink my hot tea as you have your hot chocolate, and I wish you a very Happy Snowy New Year. It is 41° at this very moment and I am cold.

    Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 months ago from Central Florida

    Paula, I lived that life when I lived in NJ. Moved here in 1976 just before one of the worst blizzards (at the time) hit. I don't regret it. I know what it is to be cold. Funny, tho. I weathered the cold much better when I lived in it than I do now. So, yeah - 63 (and windy) is a tad too cold for me. It would be more tolerable if the sun had been out and the winds weren't blowing, but that wasn't the case yesterday. It was actually 53 degrees on Sunday, so after I did my grocery shopping I put on my sweats and watched TV all day.

    I do miss the colors, textures and rolling scenery of the more northern states, but not in the winter.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Sha GF....."ONLY 63 degrees today? And you "don't like to be COLD?" And I suppose, being BFFs, you want me to cry for you? OK, I just shed a few sympathy tears for you.

    No wait!!! I just lied to you~~~my eyes are merely watering due to Zero wind chill! Oops, sorry. Don't mark this against me.

    DRIVE in it?? LOL. First, we need to get out our doors, trudge through 5 foot heaps of snow, FIND our car, & hope to get out the driveway......putt along at 5 MPH on slick roads, praying to stay on that road. Get to the store which is actually 10 minutes away.....in about an hour.....hope it's not closed, that the shelves are not bare & we can get back home before tomorrow.

    What was I saying about being prepared?? It's no joke GF! Shall I send you an extra blanket??.......Hugs, Paula

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 months ago from Central Florida

    Thank you for sharing your stormy day and preparation tactics with us, Paula. I left those frigid winters back in '76 and don't miss them at all. Yeah, it's pretty and fun to play in, but no fun to drive in.

    It only got up to 63 here yesterday and that's about as cold as I can stand it in my old age. The evenings have been down in the 30's, which is way burr-freeze for our area. I do not like being cold. At all.

    Again, thanks for sharing. It sure is pretty. Pretty as a picture that I'd rather admire than feel...... :-)

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    perspy....24 below?! Oh My. Yes, we should be grateful. I'm sure Alaskans know just how to protect from those frigid temps and how to work around it. But that is much too cold to think about!

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    Demas W Jasper 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

    Here is "Happy Valley", Utah and 25 miles south is Salem, Utah. The weather here (and in WNY) is still much better than where one of my sons and his family live in Fairbanks, AK and where it was -24 F. this AM!

    We need to count our blessings that abound.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hi Perspy.....Thanks for stopping by to read about the weather where I am. Your "daughter living 25 miles from HERE." doesn't tell me where HERE is. Where ever it is, it's pretty damned cold! I feel for your daughter....and you know that's the truth.

    Well, as I said, the seasons come and go but I remain where Home remains.

    Wishing you & yours the Best in 2017

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    Demas W Jasper 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

    Oh, look at all the friends this gal has for sharing a blizzardy day with! We like our snow at the resorts and the less down here the better. The spring snowmelt gives us what we need for the gardening and the sometimes bitter cold keeps the snow we get so light and fluffy it is indeed "The Greatest Snow On Earth" as our license plates used to proclaim.

    Speaking of cold, my daughter's place 25 miles south of here has had a minus seven degrees already and this is just the start of the January Freeze! Here it was +2 yesterday morning and +10 on the porch this AM.

    We make sure the 25 Gambel's Quail, 3 California Jays, 29 Mourning Doves, and a flock of 75 sparrows (plus a neighbor's visiting chicken) get a daily supply of goodies to tide them over so they can track down any bugs next spring. Meantime the Goji bushes, and tall blue spruce provide some shelter when the snow descends.

    Happy New Year to you and your other fans here!

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Maria my sweets.....Trust that I am warm & cozy....Got my flannels & wool on from chin to toes I warmed the room up to about 90 & took a bath to warm and soothe my achin bones....and then I sat in there & read until I was totally dry & done to a medium rare! Next, Mr. Toby gets a bubble bath if he expects to snuggle up with me tonight. He used to love to play in the snow, but even he is doin a 5 second stint outside and running back in the house. He says, "Damn Mom, it's COLD!"

    So, here we sit, my old fur buddy & me, just keeping the fires lit.

    Son # 2 (Paul) plowed my U-shaped drive way today, bless his precious heart.....& son #4 (Rob) shoveled my deck & stairs & found my car somehow to brush it off. Daughter-in-law #1 (married to #2 because D's-I-L are numbered according to marriage dates, of course!) made my dinner and sent it w/ Paul. Am I a spoiled Mama? Yes and I deserve it!!!! LOL.

    So you see, like I said, this isn't so bad and like all seasons, they come and they go....

    I lived in New Jersey in 1968 and I recall the winter was mild that year. I lived in PA in 1978 and their winter was mild too.

    Son # 1 is in CA. and #3 in Georgia....so, BULLY for them!

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    Maria Jordan 3 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

    At the time of this writing, we have a small dusting of snow in PA from yesterday and a few inches predicted to start within the next few hours.  And the Labs are in love with the stuff, so who am I to cavetch...?!

    Love your attitude, your loyalty to your home and the tips you provide are fabulously complete...safe to say, I love you too. 

    Stay warm and cozy, dear Paula.  Hugs, Maria

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Patricia.....Thanks for stopping by on this lovely morning as I freeze my Butt off!! I can understand what you say about once experiencing frigid weather, after which we seem to think that anything above 32 degrees is perfect for a BBQ!! I laugh often when my friends from Georgia, Florida & California complain of being "chilly," due to a 65 degree day! HA! That's right about when I turn my AIR on!

    This proves that all concepts are relative, if nothing else, right Pat?? LOL.........Also and more importantly. no matter what part of the country we call "home".....it only matters that it's where our hearts & memories are warmest!! Bless you, Paula

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    Patricia Scott 3 months ago from sunny Florida

    Good morning As I sit here with my door open a bit of a chill has begun to flow into the room...our coldest weather of the winter is due to hit tonite ....hig 20s. I laugh as I think it is cool or cold at 65...I lived in South Dakota for 3 years and we had mountains of snow and blizzards as well which you address so interestingly in your article...when it was 32 I wore open toed shoes with NO coat..it was a heatwave.

    Stay safe and warm.

    Angels are headed your way this morning ps

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    hey,,,,thanks for the Aussie weather Class 101!....So I can safely assume you're not a skiier nor interested enough in actually experiencing "snow," to make the trip?....Don't know what you're missing. If I could actually venture from home and plow through, I'd be happy to ship you off a couple ton of this lovely white stuff. Just enough to fill your yard so you can have the pleasure of making a snow man. And then go back inside and thank your lucky stars you're not FREEZING with me!!.......

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    John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

    Paula, the south-eastern parts of Australia gets snow such as the ACT, parts of NSW and Tasmania, but not the northern, central or western states. We do have the Snowy Mountains where the Man From Snowy River originated and where our highest peak, Mt Kosciusko is located.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Jodah, Always nice to see my friend from Australia (where I had no idea never has snow! ) I see I'd better read up on climate in Australia!

    Our site is so fabulous in providing all of us with so much interesting information and increasing our awareness. Our very own School of continuing education. I love it. But not as much as I love my HP buddies!.......Wishing you & yours all the best in 2017. Peace, Paula

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    John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

    I love your positive attitude, Paula. I enjoyed reading about what a blizzard in Buffalo is like. I have heard of "buffalo wings" too, but not about the weather. I have never seen snow for real let alone built a snowman, been skiing or ice skating.

    I hope you stay warm and safe inside to wait out any further snow storms.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I'm with you Ruby....when & if it's necessary to drive to the city for some reason, I have to psyche myself to go and I'm anxious & unsettled the whole time. I can literally feel myself relax once I get back home.....sweet home! Fresh air, open spaces, no crowds, less noise and traffic, friendly faces.....What's not to LOVE??.........Here's to our little places in this big world, Ruby!

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Genna.....I have not ever heard of that small town, "Climax" but of course I'll be looking it up. Yes, certain areas of Upstate are quite beautiful. Mostly, I'm proud of how well-maintained, independent and efficient our small towns and villages are. Lots of great shopping, restaurants & entertainment too, w/o needing to drive into a bigger city.

    I am hopelessly small-town, especially my home town. I've tried all the various places, styles and situations and at the end of the day, I've always wound up coming back home. Maybe I need that comfort & familiarity to feel safe & content. Two of my sons followed suit and I have 1 in California & 1 in Georgia....so I have grandchildren close by and grandchildren to visit on vacation. I'm happy with that! It's not as though I haven't ventured far and wide several times, once even living in Europe for a summer.

    Yet, here I am living just 10 mi from my birthplace....I think it's so neat that my grandchildren attend school with the grandchildren of my classmates!! There's a group of us OLD friends from way, way back that get together for lunch now & then. We recently agreed we know each others' grandchildren just by looking at them! LOL. It's true.

    I'll deal with 3 months of wretched winter. Like you say Genna, we've got the Be Prepared thing down to a Science!! Thanks for your visit.....since you're accustomed to the COLD!

    All the best to you & yours in 2017! Peace, Paula

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    Genna East 3 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Hi Paula...

    Upstate NY is gorgeous. I have friends who live in a small town called "Climax," if you've ever heard of it. As much as I might grumble about the hot, humid summers and bitter winters of New England, I can't imagine living anywhere else. We had snow this morning and it looks like we are getting more snow tomorrow...over a foot. That's a cake-walk compared to the 7+ feet we had two years ago over a period of three weeks. It's running out of places to put the stuff that wears a bit thin. And you are spot on about being prepared; it's everything. Your tips are great. I always keep extra hot cocoa on hand for the snow shovelers. Enjoy, and Happy New Year. :-)

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 3 months ago from Southern Illinois

    Paula, my sis is 10 years older than me, but you would never know it. She loves the many shops and restaurants available in the city. Me, I like our little stop and go that serves the best dang cheeseburgers around. I only live 6 miles from a town that is a little larger than mine. They have a Walmart and some good places to eat. After all, what more could one possibly want? being the hick I am, I'm contented. Shan I wasn't aware that you were from Il. I knew there was a reason I enjoyed your writing style. Ok, let's all say " hooray " for small towns....

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Drat!!! You're on to me!! Hope you enjoy the snow! I love to share!!

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    Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

    Tell me something, Paula, when you invited us all to join you for snow, did you literally have to share it? It's snowing! Here. And some sleet. Thanks a lot.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Very interesting Ruby!! Is your sister older or younger? I ask because (God rest her soul) my sister and I were the SAME way. She loved the big, busy cities and I wanted Holstein's for neighbors....the more isolated the better. Most other ways we were very much alike. She was older than I was. I'm with you Ruby.....no one could pay me to live City life!!

    Ahm happy down yonder in the holler, with mah Billy Bob and his banjo!!

    My sis called me a red neck and I called her a snob! LOL

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    Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

    Ruby, did I ever tell you that I grew up in champaign-Urbana? Born and raised there until I moved to TX straight out of high school for college. I learned to drive on the snow and ice. And now I laugh at my kids when they say they want to move to IL so that they can miss school when it snows! Bahahahahaha!!!! They are so unaware that they're more likely to have a snow day here for an inch of snow than up there in a near blizzard!

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 3 months ago from Southern Illinois

    Paula, I'm only 48 miles from Evansville, In. which has a population of 121.000. My sister Mary lives there. I wouldn't live there if they gave me a mansion. Too much crime. I live in a little town that has 735 people. My sister says that she wouldn't live in this little town if they gave her a mansion. lol. Different strokes for different folks.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hey Ruby, GF.....I know, what's more relaxing than listening to Dean's smooth croon? I used to love his TV variety show. Him and Perry Como.....you know, those famous names from the dark ages.

    I relate so to the comfortable feeling of being retired, I know exactly what you mean. We earned it, girlfriend....so let's enjoy every single minute.

    I see you're in southern Ill. (near what major city?)

    The changing weather, when it gets so frigid we hibernate, isn't so awful now at this point in our lives. In fact, I find I welcome the slow-down, the calmer pace of being at home and enjoying all the quieter things we don't get to do when we're constantly outdoors and coming & going.

    Curling up with a great book or watching a classic movie with my fur babies at my feet & a hot cup of tea.....sigh....almost heaven, right Ruby?? Hope your year is the BEST! Hugs, Paula

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 3 months ago from Southern Illinois

    Paula, I'm listening to Dean and I love it. I have snow on the ground here, a whole half inch. I just came in from feeding my birds and the neighbors cat and it's as cold as a well diggers A. I just stay in on days like this because it rarely snows BIG time here. It's times like this when I am happy to be retired. I know you will be all warm and cozy with your supply of goodies. Stay safe and warm.....

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hey there bro, I admit it doesn't take much of a wrinkle to confuse me, but tell me, why did I believe Washington State has weather/winters very similar to us? In 4 words or less, how do you describe your winters?

    I can't say as I blame you for not being fond of Arctic living, it definitely requires years of torture to endure it.

    So, looks like we're just going to have to find that part of the country where it is always "ideal" weather....that we'll all love. I'm not holding my breath and I suggest you nor bother either!! Luv ya bro! Sis

    (BTW, it's all the way up to 22 degrees this morning,) :)

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    Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

    Sis, as much as I'd like to be closer to my sister, there is no friggin way I'm living in that area. Two years in Vermont and one in Alaska have soured me considerably when it comes to the winter and the cold. Stay warm, stay safe, and I'll see you in the spring. :) Hugs from Olympia!

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hello my friend, Mr. Mike MckBird, always nice to see you. I'm especially honored you braved the hills of snow and (now) 12 degree temperature. Yikes, that gave me the shivers just printing it! Yes, my fingers are ice cold. I have yet to master key boarding with gloves on.

    I just tell myself over and over, "just 3 short months of this" and it's so worth tolerating for the perfectly gorgeous Spring, Summer and Fall we have. I really do appreciate being able to enjoy all 4 distinct seasons.

    I guess I didn't know you lived in Ca, Mike. I assume that's where you became involved with Fauntleroy & Flossy? My eldest & much-loved son, wife & daughter have lived there for about 5 yrs & believe me, I hear about the "perfect, fabulous, ideal weather" ALL the time. They really love CA. He tells me, despite my reluctance and tantrums concerning airports ( I despise airports) he is flying me out there in the Spring for my birthday. In other words, my son is giving me the gift of torture for my birthday. LOL. Oh, I'll live I suppose, but he'll hear about it the first 2 days at least! if I didn't pitch a fit, he would wonder who the woman is impersonating his Mom. Thank you for stopping by and welcoming the blizzard with me. Hugs, Paula

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    F.A. LOL. I knew immediately you would admit to not being terribly fond of bitter cold. Your first sentence with the Freudian slip gave you away...."I've done time" in northeast Ohio....LOL sounds like a sentence you did in prison! Heck, that makes me a lifer without parole.....

    Thanks so much for visiting. Always good to hear from you. Enjoy your weather all year long, however it comes and goes. Peace, Paula

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    OK Shannon Marie, I get your message. You don't like the cold! My guess is you're as adverse to frigid temps as I am to sweltering heat & humidity. I believe I simply learned to expect it every year and tolerate it. When that isn't enough, I just get creative. And with that I'll say "enough." Hugs, Paula

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    mckbirdbks 3 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    Hello Paula, I never had much of a fascination with snow. Southern California gets cold 'to us' beginning about 50 degrees. We get some frost warnings, which wreck havoc on the outdoor plants. At 45 degrees, the dogs don't insist on their walks.

    Did you offer hot chocolate? That sounds fine.

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    Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

    Oh, party on! I don't mind a good slumber party. Hahaha! But, I sure would be the first to get the hell outta the cold! Probably the first to fall asleep all warm and cozy, too. LOL

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    FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

    I've done time in northeast Ohio (Cleveland/Akron) as well as Maine and I tell ya, it confirmed that I prefer more moderate climates. I moved around a lot as a child and as a young adult and now settled in Richmond where snow isn't all that common. I did enjoy reading your description because it brought long buried memories back. I do recall making igloos and snow forts with my siblings, blizzards, trudging to school in steep snow because some people hadn't cleared their sidewalks. Good times.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Well I see you're the first to arrive, but I'd guess by the looks of your comment, you'll be the first to get the hell outta the cold! Diving in under lots of covers tonight!! Brrrrrrrrr. Now it's 16 degrees!! Oh Boy, it's cold!

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    Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

    "It's pretty to look at no doubt, just not so pretty once we step out into the 18 degree bitter cold. " You just decribed in one VERY accurate sentence why I do not like winter. It's not the snow; it's the cold! And the inevitable sludgy mess the snow leaves behind when people begin to disturb it, especially with sooty cars, and it melts. Other than that, the snow and ice can be quite gorgeous!

    The plow driver always seemed to plow us in. We lived on a street that deadended about three houses down from us. However, there was a nother street that rounded the block directly across from my neighbor's house. I guess when he rounded the corner, it all ended up in front of our drive. One year, I had to dig myself out of my own driveway...well, not just the driveway, but all the way to the road just to go to work. And then there were only like two people there. LOL. Blizzards aren't all that bad when it makes work go more smoothly.

    And my grandma lived in a small town with a cornfield directly behind her house. Sometimes snow drifts nearly buried her home. The back door couldn't be opened at all because there was snow to the roof. Snow angels, building snow igloos. Sledding. Sliding on ice. ...those are some memories that are fun. And I'd like my kids to actually see what a snow storm is. They're all excited over the possibility of snow flurries here tonight. Pshhhhhh!

    BUT - I don't like being cold!!!! And I never have! I hate the feel of clothing against my goose bumped skin because it hurts. I hate the tingly fingers when they get too cold and start to warm up. I hate having to stand in the cold to scrape the windshield just to drive somewhere. (You know what's funny - as I say this a memory of a picture of me sitting in a t-shirt in a pile of my snow in my front yard just passed my mind!)

    Stay warm and stay safe!

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